Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Moreno Valley man found guilty of murder in DUI crash that killed three

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- A Moreno Valley man was found guilty Tuesday of multiple counts related to a drunken driving crash that killed a woman and two young girls in Jan. 2013.

A San Bernardino jury convicted 34-year-old Michael Dwayne Hughes (pictured left) at the San Bernardino Justice Center of three counts of murder. Hughes was facing murder charges—also known as a “Watson murder”—due to a previous DUI conviction i...n which he signed a waiver acknowledging that drunken driving could potentially kill others and lead to murder charges.

The victims were 13-year-old Haven Penman, of Mira Loma, and 12-year-old Kylan Allen, of Riverside. Allen’s grandmother, 56-year-old L.E. Mason of Riverside, who was driving a PT Cruiser, was also killed.

Hughes faces 45 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced in October, following post-trial motions on August 10. This case was prosecuted by Supervising Deputy District Attorney Michael Dowd and investigated by the Colton Police Department and the California Highway Patrol.

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